The World Championship Dog Race has been a Pas tradition since 1916. The early races were not on a trail laid out for mushers, but on a trip from The Pas to Flin Flon and back. In 1976 it was shortened from 150 miles to 105 miles of pre-set trail.
At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, a shot gun blast begins the largest mass start race the mushers take part in each year. The race consists of 3 laps (1 a day).
The WCDR is affiliated with the International Federation of Sled Dog Sports. The World Cup series is based on races from regions such as: Central Europe, Baltic States, Yukon, Western and Eastern Canada, Western USA to Michigan and Japan. The World Cup includes approximately 30 events in 6 countries.
The Manitoba Championship Race is run along with the World Championship Race. It is only open to Manitoba residents and their dog teams. All rules are the same as the World Championship Race.